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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Most babies are healthy when they are born, but should your baby need specialized care and observation, he or she will be admitted to the George Batchelor and Gloria Vasta Lewis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baptist Children’s Hospital. Here, a team of physicians, called neonatologists, and specialized neonatal nurses will care for your baby.

Additionally, lactation consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers all work together with babies and their parents to provide quality care in the NICU setting.

A full range of specialists, including pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, urologists and infectious disease specialists are available as required by the patient’s condition. Our NICU provides patient and family-centered care.

Parents are seen as partners with the physicians and healthcare team in enhancing patient care and safety. Parents are not “visitors,” and are welcome in the NICU at any time. Siblings, other family members and friends, as designated by the parents, are also invited into the NICU with prior arrangements.

Baptist Children’s Hospital’s NICU has a capacity of 22 Level II and 14 Level III neonatal intensive care beds. The unit provides around-the-clock care for babies with a wide variety of medical problems, including extreme prematurity, respiratory distress syndrome, perinatal asphyxia, persistent pulmonary hypertension, sepsis, congenital anomalies and complex neonatal surgery. 

Having a Level III rating means that Baptist Children’s Hospital can care for very sick newborns who need immediate surgery and those who weigh less than 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds).

The 14 Level III beds include seven private rooms incorporating the very latest trend in providing private, family-centered care for the tiniest, sickest newborns in an environment that supports healing and comfort. This unit was one of the first in the state with the private-room design. ►Learn more: Accomodations for NICU Parents and Families

The NICU at Baptist Children’s Hospital cares for babies born not only at Baptist Health hospitals, but also for newborns brought from other facilities throughout South Florida, the Keys and the Caribbean.

For more information, call 786-596-3673, or send an email to

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